ROTUMA CONSIDERED FOR PORT-OF-ENTRY STATUS

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 20) - An investigation into the feasibility of granting Rotuma, port-of-entry status, will be carried out on the island by a government taskforce later this week.

The taskforce departed for Rotuma today on board the government vessel Iloilovatu and is led by the Commissioner Eastern, Tomasi Tui.

It comprises representatives of various government ministries and departments and includes officers from Fiji Ports Corporation Limited, the Civil Aviation Authority, Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority and the Council of Rotuma.

The taskforce has been convened by the office of the Prime Minister, which has responsibility for the Rotuma Act.

It will look at Rotuma’s existing infrastructure such as the wharf, airport and road network and see how these can be facilitated for the island’s port-of-entry requirements.

The taskforce will assess work plans and requirements and submit proposals for upgrading works that may be required.

A proposal to declare port-of-entry for Rotuma is expected to improve the island’s economy through the facilitation of direct trading links within the region and internationally as well.

The taskforce comprises representatives of various government ministries and departments and includes officers from Fiji Ports Corporation Limited, the Civil Aviation Authority, Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority and the Council of Rotuma.

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